- How do we help families with children
feel a sense of connectedness with the community
to experience wholeness?
It has been a long summer and I hope we’ve all had time to rest.
Over the summer, we have lost some of the momentum in the PMC process. There are genuine reasons behind this so there is no need for any of us to feel let down or disappointed. One of the great things about the PMC process is that it’s a ‘process’ not a ‘formula’. It’s not a race towards an end goal. This is where we are and that’s fine. The journey is the prize so to speak. However, it would be good for us to try and pick up some of the momentum we had before the summer holidays. We would very much appreciate your prayers and encouragement as we regroup.
This year of the PMC process is about experimenting. And we’ve been doing some of this. We’ve been experimenting with hospitality, both giving and receiving it, and we have two key events coming up soon, for church leaders and for the church as a whole, to try and help us engage with hospitality even further. These events are the PCC and PMC hospitality bring and share lunch and the church visit to the Gurdwara (Sikh Temple). Hopefully, as we continue to explore hospitality it will become an integral part of our DNA as achurch.
We are also due to begin experimenting with our Missional Challenge. Before the summer, the MIT team (Jo Howie, Gemma Dibrito, Yvonne Gimson) had a very inspiring meeting and were endeavoring to facilitate, what has been termed, a ‘plunging’ event, within the Lady Bay community. In principle, a ‘plunging’ event is about going into the spaces where the people we are seeking to engage with are. For us, this means thinking about where families with children go in Lady Bay and looking at ways we can participate in what they are doing – basically to partner with them in doing something that fits in with our missional challenge. Unfortunately, however, due to unforeseen circumstances, the MIT team were not able to invest the energy and time they initially planned or hoped they would be able to. A ‘plunging’ event is still in the pipeline and hopefully will take place before the next PMC Cluster meeting in November so watch this space. Gemma Dibrito (who is expecting twins later in the year), and who was a key part of the PMC discernment process when establishing a Mission Challenge, will be taking a step back from the main MIT group, but she has kindly offered to help as a PMC advocate when she has time.
The PMC Steering Team have a meeting planned for 28th of September to see how we as Steering Team, and as a church, can pick the momentum up again and to see how we can best support and facilitate the MIT team in making this ‘plunging’ event happen. The PMC Steering team is also blessed to announce that three additional members have agreed to join them. They are people who have offered their commitment to help with the PMC process and will be able to offer fresh energy and insight, and bit of extra encouragement, as we prepare for what will be our third year of the process. These people are Helen Dale, Ivor Perry, and Sue Townsend.
May we also take this opportunity to remind ourselves, as a PMC church, of some of the key Spiritual Practices we want to continue to promote and nurture in our community:
- Dwelling in the Word
- Corporate Spiritual Discernment
- Dwelling in the World
- Announcing the kingdom
The Steering Team would be interested to hear of any creative ways or ideas on how we can best cultivate or nurture these practices amongst ourselves. Please speak to Darren, Ruth or Jenny.
Dates for diary
PMC and PCC bring and share international hospitality meal: Friday 25th September, 2015, 7pm for 7:30pm-9pm
This will take place at Helen Dale’s house, 109 Julian Road, Lady Bay. The purpose of this is to continue with our hospitality exploration and build better bridges of communication and sharing between the PCC, PMC and the CMP students.
Gurdwara Visit, Sunday 11th October, meet at All Hallows at 11:45am to arrive at the Sikh Temple for 12.15pm
This is a special invitation to the whole church and anybody else in the community that might be interested in coming, to experience the hospitality of our Sikh brothers and sisters. It will include observing their worship, being served food and a short talk with questions and answers.
Steering Team Meeting 28th Sept 2015 7.30pm
At Darren’s house, 50 Holme Road, Lady Bay. This is a meeting for all those (including the new volunteers) on the Steering team and an MIT representative.
Next PMC Cluster Meeting 20-21st November
This will take place at St Paul’s Boundary Road, West Bridgford. Friday daytime is only for the leaders. Friday evening and Saturday daytime is for leaders, Steering Team, MIT and PCC members. Please let Darren Howie know if you plan to attend for catering purposes.